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Geography and Planning

Dr. Joy A. Fritschle

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Geography and Planning

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair

Name: Heather McQueen
Position: Department Secretary

Dr. Joy A. Fritschle

Joy Fritschle


Dr. Joy Fritschle has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007), a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University in California. Dr. Fritschle's fields of interest include biogeography, historical ecology, ecological restoration, and environmental conservation. Her research projects involve reconstructing historical landscapes using archival evidence and GIS analysis, ecological restoration of forests and woodlands, carbon and cost-benefit assessments of urban forests, and sustainable development through agriculture and forestry. She teaches courses in environmental geography, mapping, and field methods.

Courses Taught at West Chester University

  • GEO101: World Regional Geography
  • GEO225: Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing
  • GEO230: Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
  • GEO332: Environmental Crises
  • GEO334: Sustainable Living
  • GEO336/536: Environmental Planning
  • GEO585: Field Methods in Environmental Geography
  • GEO402/415/600/615: Supervision of independent study and student internships in Environmental Geography
  • HON314: Honors College Course in Science, Technology, and Environmental Systems: Sustainability through the Lens of Agriculture

Samples of Supervised Student Projects in the Community




Fritschle, J.A. and Dicce, R. 2013. Envisioning Sustainable Development in World Regions. 1st edition. Kendall Hunt.

Summary: In world of seven billion people, we must confront a daunting challenge. How can seven billion of us inhabit the planet in a way that provides the best life for as many of us as possible? In other words, how can we sustain our personal, social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being long into the future? This question is very real and being addressed by people, governments, corporations, and non-governmental organizations around the world. Indeed, we have achieved an unprecedented level of global cooperation today, and we are using our connectivity and interdependence to foster a global-scale project. This global project, and the key to how we can thrive with so many of us on the planet, are one and the same: Sustainable Development. What is especially exciting is that this effort is happening all over the planet right now.

This book addresses sustainable development in the twenty-first century in a way that is accessible to students in introductory geography and environmental studies, or to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of what exactly is meant by sustainable development. The text surveys the fundamental conditions to achieving sustainable development on a global and regional scale, and reports on the progress of this global project to date. In the spirit of lessening its ecological footprint, the text is available from Kendall-Hunt exclusively as an e-book, which also allows for publication of its full-color maps and reduces its cost.

Selected Publications and Professional Reports

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